Published on November 29th, 2019 | by Sam Rose
Royal Mint Create Largest Ever Coin in Their History
A new five-kilo sized coin has been unveiled by the Royal Mint this week, making it the largest ever coin they have created in their history.
In a brand-new collection of coins entitled the ‘Great Engravers’ series, the Royal Mint has minted its largest ever coin.
Truly a one of its kind collectible, only one version of the five-kilo coin has been minted and has a denomination amounting to £5,000.
The ‘Great Engravers’ collection, which celebrates the artists who have been responsible for creating designs for British coinage, will also contain a smaller two-kilo sized version with a limited mintage of just four and will be listed for sale for £119,950.
Inspiration Behind Royal Mint’s Largest Ever Coin
The new design has been based on one produced by William Wyon, a Chief Engraver for The Royal Mint from 1828 until his passing in 1851.
Wyon was famous for his coin and medal portraits that he produced of Queen Victoria, but the five-kilo design is based on the ‘Una And The Lion’, considered by many collectors to be one of the world’s most beautiful coins.
The process in order to create the design required a combination of both modern minting techniques and traditional engraving methods.
During the coin minting process, the Royal Mint had to digitally scan the original die used to create the design nearly 200 years ago, with Chief Engraver Gordon Summers responsible in ensuring that the relief was reproduced as accurately as possible.
Lasers were also put into action in order to delicately cut the ‘Una And The Lion’ design onto the coin, with the finishing touches being put to the five-kilo coin by hand polishing, ensuring that the overall finish to the design was to the highest of standards possible.
Celebrating Great Engravers
The Director of the Consumer Division at The Royal Mint, Nicola Howell, spoke of how this brand new collection and the new five-kilo coin helps to celebrate the impeccable work some of the greatest engravers to have worked with The Royal Mint have produced.
“The Great Engravers series celebrates some of the finest artists that have worked on British coinage and we are thrilled to start the series with William Wyon’s Una And The Lion design.
This is arguably one of the most admired designs amongst coin collectors across the globe, and remastering it onto five and two-kilo coins allows you to truly appreciate the detail of the design.”